The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system will be used in competitive English football for the first time on Monday night when Brighton host Crystal Palace in the FA Cup third round. Here, we look at the key issues regarding VAR. What decisions can it be used for? The referee can opt to use VAR on decisions concerning the awarding of goals, penalty kicks, the issuing of straight red cards and cases of mistaken identity. The referee can request assistance with these decisions or it can be recommended by the video officials, but the referee on the pitch has the final say after being talked through what the footage shows. Where has it been used? It has been in use all season in Serie A and the Bundesliga, among 15 leagues worldwide to test the technology. Will it be used at the World Cup this summer? FIFA president Gianni Infantino is certainly keen for that to happen. The game's law-making body, the International Football Association Board (IFAB) will make a final ruling when it … [Read more...] about VAR in football: What decisions can it be used for? Where has it been used?
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The spectacular rise of an explosive running back who went on to break records in the NFL.A household name, who once lit up screens across the United States with his movie career and commercials, accused of murdering his former wife.A highly-publicised and controversial trial that lasted almost a year and resonated with people all over the world.The OJ Simpson story is a familiar one and has been documented many times.But how do you tell a tale that’s already been told? How do you explore a major event in history that has already been discussed and debated over and over again?“I really didn’t think there was anything meaningful to add to the conversation,” said Ezra Edelman, director of ESPN’s new critically acclaimed, five-part documentary ‘OJ: Made In America’, that will premiere in the UK on BT Sport on Monday night.“This goes back to my reluctance for taking this on in the first place in that how do you add to a story that … [Read more...] about OJ: Made in America ESPN documentary: Ezra Edelman’s Oscar-nominated study of OJ Simpson and American society will leave you speechless and has already won critical acclaim
American football fans in Mexico will be in for a treat on Monday night when the NFL returns to the nation's capital for the first time in 11 years.The Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders will square off in front of around 80,000 fans at the historic Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.Both teams and their entourages, including cheerleaders, descended upon the Mexican capital for the regular-season game.While most of the NFL's international focus has been on growing the game in the UK and trying to have a London franchise, it was in Mexico City 11 years ago where the first regular-season game outside of the United States was held.And while there have been games on British shores every year since 2007, the NFL would like to make an annual clash south of the border a fixture on their season schedule.The NFL's international chief Mark Waller said Monday's game will be a test run with a view to returning to Mexico City next year.He told NFL.com: "My goal would be similar to the UK, where … [Read more...] about NFL Mexico City 2016: Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans meet at Estadio Azteca on ESPN Monday Night Football
JURGEN KLOPP did not see their Foxes thumping coming — but he really should have.A season that started so promisingly for Liverpool looks in real danger of falling apart after a sobering 3-1 defeat at crisis-hit Leicester.The Anfield club looked a million miles away from their free-scoring side of earlier in the campaign — and could even end up finishing BELOW Everton. Keep up to date with ALL the LIVERPOOL news, gossip, transfers and goals on our club page plus fixtures, results and live match commentaryTheir Merseyside rivals are now just five points behind them — leaving Reds supporters questioning manager Klopp for the first time.So why have Liverpool lost their way so badly? Here, SunSport’s MARTIN LIPTON looks at what has gone wrong and how Anfield legends have reacted . . .INCONSISTENCYLiverpool are unbeaten in the “mini-league” against other members of the Prem’s top six, picking up 16 points from those … [Read more...] about Liverpool a million miles away from their free-scoring best and could even end up finishing BELOW Everton